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H.R.4137 College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007, 110th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Aug 14, 2008 Became Public Law No: 110-315.

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on July 31, 2008, with a roll call of 83 ayes, 8 nays, and 8 not voting.

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  • 36% of users support H.R.4137

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This gigantic, 800-page bill is aimed at lowering tuition costs and streamlining the financial aid process. Among its many provision are new penalties for states that cut their contributions to higher education, protections for prospective student loan borrowers, proposals to make text books more affordable and expanded funding options for low-income and non-traditional students. Notably, it also contains a controversial provision requiring colleges to develop a plan to block peer-to-peer filesharing and illegal downloading, and offer students a legal alternative.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This gigantic, 800-page bill is aimed at lowering tuition costs and streamlining the financial aid process. Among its many provision are new penalties for states that cut their contributions to higher education, protections for prospective student loan borrowers, proposals to make text books more affordable and expanded funding options for low-income and non-traditional students. Notably, it also contains a controversial provision requiring colleges to develop a plan to block peer-to-peer filesharing and illegal downloading, and offer students a legal alternative.

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    • On January 20, 2008, by skrap - EFF's take: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/01/digital-theft-prevention-requirements-remain-higher-education-bill

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      As noted by skrap, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 20, 2008, "EFF's take: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/01/digital-theft-prevention-requirements-remain-higher-education-bill"
    • On January 23, 2008, by donnyshaw - These new numbers out from the MPAA should help the cause of getting the filesharing provision out of this bill: "Yesterday, the Motion Picture Association of America admitted something that many of us had suspected all along – an MPAA-funded study showing that 44% of the industry’s losses came from illegal downloading of movies by college students using campus networks was overstated by a factor of 3. The MPAA now says that only 15% of its losses come from campus activity." http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1363

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      As noted by donnyshaw, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 23, 2008, "These new numbers out from the MPAA should help the cause of getting the filesharing provision out of this bill: "Yesterday, the Motion Picture Association of America admitted something that many of us had suspected all along – an MPAA-funded study showing that 44% of the industry’s losses came from illegal downloading of movies by college students using campus networks was overstated by a factor of 3. The MPAA now says that only 15% of its losses come from campus activity." http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1363"
    • On January 21, 2008, by Anonymous - I'll make this simple...we have more important problems to solve, and better things to do. Rip this egregious sop to the media industry out of the bill. Read the EFF link noted above for more nuanced argument.

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      As noted by Anonymous, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 21, 2008, "I'll make this simple...we have more important problems to solve, and better things to do. Rip this egregious sop to the media industry out of the bill. Read the EFF link noted above for more nuanced argument. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • The Call of God: What's the Difference Between Tiahrt and Moran? - July 25, 2010 by The Call of God - As the primary on August 3 draws near, the question of how different Tiahrt and Moran really are continues to resound. I thought it would be good to give you some concrete numbers to deal with. Thanks to OpenCongress.org I can say: ...

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      As noted by The Call of God on July 25, 2010, "As the primary on August 3 draws near, the question of how different Tiahrt and Moran really are continues to resound. I thought it would be good to give you some concrete numbers to deal with. Thanks to OpenCongress.org I can say: ..." (http://michaelyates.blogspot.com/2010/07/whats-difference-between-tiahrt-and.html)
    • A Good Choice . . .: Day 7 of the John Freshwater Inquisition - January 06, 2009 by A Good Choice . . . - ... Homeschooling (1); Homoexuality (13); homosexual agenda (49); Homosexual Rights (10); Homosexuality (56); homosexuals (4); Honesty (1); Honor Killing (2); Honorcide (1); Hope (4); Hot Topics (3); Howard Dean (1); HR 4137 (1) ...

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      As noted by A Good Choice . . . on January 06, 2009, "... Homeschooling (1); Homoexuality (13); homosexual agenda (49); Homosexual Rights (10); Homosexuality (56); homosexuals (4); Honesty (1); Honor Killing (2); Honorcide (1); Hope (4); Hot Topics (3); Howard Dean (1); HR 4137 (1) ..." (http://agoodchoice.blogspot.com/2009/01/day-7-of-john-freshwater-inquisition.html)
    • Law Ingenue: More Law School Loan Forgiveness - January 05, 2009 by Law Ingenue - Providing partial loan cancellation for persons in specified public service jobs including federal public defenders. If you're interested in these types of programs, check out the legislation at:. H.R. 4137. Posted by Law Ingenue at ...

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      As noted by Law Ingenue on January 05, 2009, "Providing partial loan cancellation for persons in specified public service jobs including federal public defenders. If you're interested in these types of programs, check out the legislation at:. H.R. 4137. Posted by Law Ingenue at ..." (http://lawingenue.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-law-school-loan-forgiveness.html)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Fraud Factories - September 06, 2008 by RedOrbit, TX - In February, the US House of Representatives approved the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2008 (HR 4137). The bill was passed by the Senate in ...

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      As noted by RedOrbit, TX on September 06, 2008, "In February, the US House of Representatives approved the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2008 (HR 4137). The bill was passed by the Senate in ..." (http://www.redorbit.com/news/education/1546241/fraud_factories/)
    • Textbook sales tumble as prices climb - September 02, 2008 by Clarion Online - Glendora (subscription), CA - The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137), signed on Aug. 14 by President George W. Bush, is part of a larger law that helps make college more ...

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      As noted by Clarion Online - Glendora (subscription), CA on September 02, 2008, "The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137), signed on Aug. 14 by President George W. Bush, is part of a larger law that helps make college more ..." (http://www.theclariononline.com/home/news/2008/09/03/News/Textbook.Sales.Tumble.As.Prices.Climb-3413145.shtml)
    • Congress pressures textbook companies to lower costs - September 02, 2008 by Clarion Online - Glendora (subscription), CA - The Higher Education Reauthorization and College Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137) includes provisions to contain escalating textbook costs by requiring ...

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      As noted by Clarion Online - Glendora (subscription), CA on September 02, 2008, "The Higher Education Reauthorization and College Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137) includes provisions to contain escalating textbook costs by requiring ..." (http://www.theclariononline.com/home/news/2008/09/03/Life/Congress.Pressures.Textbook.Companies.To.Lower.Costs-3412126.shtml)
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